Thursday, April 11, 2013
Why The Test Revolt In New York State Cannot Be Suppressed
Because the officials of the New York State Department of Education lack the intellectual and moral stature to persuade parents, teachers, principals, and even more sophisticated students of the validity of their policies, they are resorting to a campaign of intimidation and misinformation that is more worthy of a police state than a democracy. In the short run, it may silence many people, in the long run, it will backfire, terribly. In two or three years, the test revolt in this state will be so large that it will not only be impossible to suppress, it will create irresistible momentum for new educational leadership in this state. So those who abhor the polcies, speak out, opt out and stand on principle. Your example will inspire thousands, eventually tens of thousands of others to follow your lead.